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Review of the new dn.se

Web Development - October 25th, 2011

Dagens Nyheter, the largest morning newspaper in Sweden, launched a new website today. The old one was a bit of a mess with horrible HTML and a design that discouraged the visitors from reading articles. Is the new one better?

In short, no. It’s still a mess from a design and user experience perspective, the front page weighs in at 2600kB and 183 requests, it has blocky fonts and while it works with JavaScript turned off it’s really a pain with NoScript and similar plugins since the requests are spread out over a number of external domains and there’s no way of knowing which is used for what. The way I see it it’s most of all a missed opportunity, with a full revamp and a move to a new platform they could have created a modern responsive website that really brings the game forward and pushes the envelope for news websites. Instead it’s just another newspaper website with a complete lack of vision and understanding of how the web works.

DN's first page 2011-10-25

DN.se's first page on 2011-10-25


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Microformats vs. Microdata

Web Development - October 24th, 2011

I first read about Microformats in the summer of 2010 and since I also run a food blog (The Cheap Gourmand) I got all excited about the possibilities with Google not only indexing my recipes but also interpreting the actual contents of them. They don’t just interpret recipes but also contact information, reviews and so on and this opened up another level for me in the quest for truly semantic and meaningful data on the web.

So, while Microformats was first and are being backed by Google a much broader initiative was launched duing the summer of 2011 where not only Google but also Bing and Yahoo together developed a new format for microdata. It’s called Schema.org and serves as a universal HTML5 based solution to the same set of problems that’s being adressed with Microformats. So, which is best and should be used?

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Creating a HTML 5 Web App for iPad – Part 2

Projects - March 16th, 2011

This is the second part of a two-part article mini-series (first part here) showing some basic techniques for creating a HTML 5 web app compatible or optimized for the iPad depending on how the techniques are used. It’s not the most exhaustive guide out there, but it’s basically what I now use to progressively enhance mobile versions of the websites I create. See it as a starting point for your own experimantation!

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Creating a HTML 5 Web App for iPad – Part 1

Projects - December 7th, 2010

The iPad is (at least for now) the perfect device for consuming media (on the go) and for casual browsing and news consumption. In my point of view there’s no reason for most apps to live in the App Store, the majority would work equally well (if not better) as websites or web apps with the benefit that they would be accessible on all platforms, be free from Apple censorship and are easier to develop (just count the number of HTML vs. Objective C developers). There are a few instances were the speed and processing ability is needed (such as games and media players) but most apps are basically information presenters and the web is more than adequate of handling that.

However, there are some optimizations that can be done to most websites for optimal display and a few other issues that needs to be adressed to allow websites to feel as native apps on the iPad (and other mobile touch devices).

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